Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law

William O. Adams


At a Glance

  • J.D. University of Alabama
  • M.S. Biotechnology, The Johns Hopkins University
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Alabama

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of California
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Profile 

William Adams is a registered patent attorney and represents clients in all aspects of patent law.  His primary focus is patent litigation in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical device fields.

William has worked extensively in the area of pharmaceutical patent litigation involving Abbreviated New Drug Applications under the Hatch-Waxman Act.  He has also handled patent cases for some of the world’s largest medical device manufacturers. 

From 2013 to 2014, William worked as IP Counsel for Mars, Inc. focusing on protecting and asserting intellectual property rights. Prior to law school, he worked as a pharmaceutical development scientist at DURECT Corporation.  At DURECT, William's work focused on product development and drug delivery research and development.


  • University of Alabama (J.D.), Editor of the Journal of the Legal Profession
  • The Johns Hopkins University (M.S. Biotechnology)
  • University of Alabama (B.S. Chemical Engineering)
Attorney Finder